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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Article 23 national security law is too hot to handle for now

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the national security law certainly make thing worse. Instead of contributing to a cordial atmosphere for trust and dialogue, it unnecessarily distracts the focus and risks further polarising ... The unpopular law has been largely forgotten by the public since 2003, after half a million protesters took to the street and forced the then chief executive to withdraw it. Successive governments have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1481349/article-23-national-security-law-too-hot-handle-now
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must stop dodging issue of an archives law

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to renew the momentum for legislation is regrettable. Lai is not alone in feeling embarrassed that the city is lagging way behind the US, Britain, Australia and mainland China, where laws are in place to protect citizens' right to information. There is an unequivocal case for Hong Kong to follow. Yet officials continue to dodge the pressure with a study by the Law Reform ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1457262/hong-kong-must-stop-dodging-issue-archives-law
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China should lower taxes, not increase spending, to spur growth

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... provincial and local areas are calling for relaxation of controls on property investment and other stimulus measures. So long as growth remains within the 7-7.5 per cent range, these calls should ... the economy performed within a "proper range", with structural adjustment continuing to make progress. However, weakening industrial production, investment and property market data suggest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1484941/china-should-lower-taxes-not-increase-spending-spur-growth
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must banish tourism rogues

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a comeback. Despite a ban on such tours by a law introduced on the mainland in October, some people were given "vouchers" to join a four-day Hong Kong and Macau tour at a bargain price ... they would get. Since the tourism law only targets compulsory shopping without prior agreement, such "subsidised-cum-shopping" tours may fall into a legal grey area. The revelation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466559/hong-kong-must-banish-tourism-rogues
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Taiwan needs to think long-term as region's economic focus shifts

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taiwan needs to refocus economy Common sense has prevailed in Taiwan's political stand-off over a cross-strait trade services pact. Student-led protesters have pledged to end their occupation of the legislature after assurances an oversight law will be enacted that will prevent the ruling Kuomintang ramming the trade deal through without detailed examination ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1469942/taiwan-needs-think-long-term-regions-economic-focus-shifts
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    We have a right to know when and why we are being watched

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on law-abiding citizens, we have a right to know when we are being observed and why. That is the view of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, which has issued guidelines to CCTV ... help keep people and property safe. They also can be key to solving crimes, last year's Boston marathon bombing and the terror attacks on the London Underground in 2005 being notable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455073/we-have-right-know-when-and-why-we-are-being-watched
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Citic Group's plan opens door to greater economic reforms

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... unit, Citic Pacific. It also will likely relocate its headquarters to Hong Kong. The latest development will open the group- whose interests span from steel and property to banking, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1465607/citic-groups-plan-opens-door-greater-economic-reforms
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Ordinance or Offences Against the Person Ordinance, with deterrent maximum penalties ranging from 10 years to life in jail. But according to critics, the law tends to focus on trafficking ... Legco that existing laws provide a "solid framework" on trafficking. That may be so, but it was only recently that justice officials expanded the Prosecution Code to cover more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1460446/hong-kong-can-have-zero-tolerance-forced-labour-domestic
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong needs professional, not 'patriotic', pollsters

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Shau-kee's property empire Henderson Land Development, the younger Lee said the HKU's public opinion programme- of which Chung was the director- published poll results that were ... polls. Realising the sensitivity of Lee's attack, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Executive Council member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun praised Chung's work instead. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1443802/hong-kong-needs-professional-not-patriotic-pollsters
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... debate with a motion in favour of a ban in 2007; but the government subsequently opted for a law that mandates information on trans-fats and other ingredients in nutrition labels. Guidelines on reducing trans-fats, widely used in pastries and dairy products to improve texture and prolong shelf life, have also been issued. Critics argue that eating is a personal habit. The labelling law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458056/ban-trans-fats-way-go

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